An updated version of a talk I posted a few years back, in case anyone is a bit stuck for Christmas talks. It all depends on which of the chocolates/sweets you can get hold of, or which ones people will recognise, there's probably 3-4 too many here anyway.
Apologies in advance for the presence of a couple of Nestle products in the list, I'm sure it works just as well without them. I usually introduce it by talking about chocolate advent calendars, and that even if chocolate and sweets took over Christmas entirely, God's story would still be hidden in there. Then if you've got all the chocolates laid out in the right order, the script almost looks after itself:
A long time ago, God
made the Galaxy
And filled it with
people, people he made, people he loved, people like you and me, people who
were all special to him.
But the people decided
they didn’t want to be in God’s Club
they wanted to have their own, without God. That’s a bit like trying to sing
with no tune. And everything started to go wrong
loneliness, bullying, violence, death
Because we’d chosen
our way instead of God’s way
Everything just got
God promised that
things would change.
One day a special
person would come and start to put things right.
Many years later, a
young woman was FRIGHTENED OUT OF HER WITS
When an angel suddenly
The Angel wondered if
fear (‘might ease her’) Don’t
be scared he said, You’re going to have a son, the Son of God, call him Jesus
A name that means
he’ll save people, he’ll make them friends with God again.
And though Joseph, her
fiancée, was a bit confused, he was a good egg
you couldn’t hope to meet a Kinder
man, so he decided to look after Mary, and God’s baby.
So the story goes that
Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem
(Mary was heavily
pregnant, and Joseph wondered if she’d Flake
out on the journey)
Joseph tried to find a
could have the baby.
The innkeeper didn’t
have any rooms, but he was able to Lindor
manger and some straw.
In those days, people
often lived in a house with a split floor, animals on the lower level, people
on the next, so maybe the innkeeper let them into his home. We don’t know what
sort of animals were there, whether there was a Kit Kat
, but by morning there was Jesus Nestle
ing in his mothers arms.
All sorts of strange
visitors started to turn up.
Up on the hillside,
the kind of place where banditS nicker
sheep or two, there were
shepherds watching over the flock at night.
they were looking up
at the Milky Way,
when a strange
light appeared in the sky.
The light got nearer
and nearer, brighter and brighter
then suddenly what
they thought was a star burst
a choir of heavenly minstrels
praising God in Celebration
the angels said go and
see God’s promised saviour
Tell everyone, don’t Wispa
, shout it out, God is here.
So straight as an Aero
they headed for Bethlehem
to find Jesus.
And they were there in
Further away, some
wise men were also looking at the sky: the planets Saturn, Jupiter, Mars
, and they decided to tracker
'n object that had appeared in
the sky and started moving in a strange
In the ancient world,
all the planets stood for something: Jupiter was the ‘king star’, and at the
time of the birth of Jesus, Jupiter appeared in the night sky very close to
Saturn, which represented Israel. If you were reading the sky you’d see ‘new
king in Israel
So the kings packed up
– presents for the new
And came to see Jesus.
They didn’t find him at king Herods palace,
But those wise men
, they didn’t give up
And when they found
Jesus they brought out their Kingsize
gifts, no Twix
, just treats:
Gold for a king,
incense for worship, myrrh for death.
The baby Jesus is the
Son of God, sent by God into the world
He is Divine
, in human wrapping.
God’s gift to you: but
you can only taste how good the gift is if you unwrap it.
I hope you do choose
to unwrap the gift, choose Jesus, but in the end, it’s your selection